The Lord has been gracious to me, so I give thanks to the Lord. In a few short weeks, we will celebrate our one-day a year obligation to give thanks. Some of us might view every day and ever circumstance as a reason to give thanks. We should view all of our days and all of the circumstances of life as reasons or opportunities to give thanks, but do we?
Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Paul says God’s life plan for you includes giving thanks to God in all the events of life. This is to include the bad times and the good times. This is to include the times of greatest wealth and the times of poverty as well. In all circumstances give thanks.
Paul writes in Ephesians 5:20, in speaking of how the Christian should live their life, “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our lives as Christ Followers are to be lives focused on gratitude to God for everything that comes our way. Even the lessons we have to learn, because even when we mess up there are reasons to give thanks to God for.
Should the Christian be known as being a negative person? No, absolutely not, we ought to be known as being positive, why? Because as we give thanks to the Lord for all that He has done, how could you be negative? When you think of all your blessings, as you are praying and giving thanks to God, you are redirecting your focus from the bad, the awful, the sinful things of this world which bring you to the point of despair. You are then redirecting your focus on God being in control and being your source of peace and comfort. He is the God who gives us what we need, as the hymnist wrote and the church has sung, “All I have needed your hand hath provided, Great is Your Faithfulness Lord unto me.”
The Next Time you begin to notice some negativity in your thinking, ask yourself, when was the last time I gave thanks? What in my current situation can I give thanks for? What has God done for me? What has God’s people done for me? Try and redirect your negative, ungrateful, unappreciative thoughts to thankful, appreciative thoughts.
Can I challenge you to try and fill in the blanks below. May this little exercise help you and I to be ever thankful for all that God has done!
-James Blake, Pastor
Things That God Has Guide Me Through: ______________________________________________
People God Has Brought Into My Life: _________________________________________________
Look up and read the following passages: Hebrews 13:5, 8; 1 John 1:9, 2:1, Romans 8:26-39.
What are the promises you see from God’s Word: ____________________________________
James and the Blake family will be gone to Iowa for Thanksgiving and his mother’s 60th birthday from:
Tues., Nov. 22– Sat., Nov. 26th
There is a First Aid Backpack is located in the foyer in the bottom left hand cabinet of the information board. CPR Mask/ Ice Packs/ Bandages/ Antiseptic and more.
The Church will soon have an AED installed in the foyer.
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Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Worship
Calvary Chapel Saturday, Nov. 19th at 6 PM
Bring a dish to share.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34
James Blake, Pastor
(620) 899-2083 . firstname.lastname@example.org